The Hoops knew they had to at least avoid defeat in Brussels to keep alive hopes of at least dropping into the Europa League after Christmas, and goals from Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts had them on east street just after half-time.
But it wasn’t the goalscorers who were winning all of the praise from fans, with the spotlight shining on Boyata.
Playing in his hometown in-front of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, Boyata put in what’s probably been his best performance in a Celtic shirt, and the Anderlecht attackers simply couldn’t find a way past the former Man City man.
He hasn’t always been the most popular player – but he certainly is tonight:
Boyata has been absolutely fucking outstanding so far.
— INVINCIBLES!???? (@cfcss85) September 27, 2017
Good play by Boyata, he's played well tonight
— TJDSBlog (@TJDSBlog) September 27, 2017
Big boyata has been solid the night
— McLaren (@McLaren_67) September 27, 2017
Big Boyata back to his best the night.
— Steven Matthew Quinn (@Aidentia1888) September 27, 2017
Superb again boyata
— Jamie (@Rocknrollstar13) September 27, 2017
Tierney and boyata have been great tonight
— ?Mostlyceltic2? (@mostlyceltic81) September 27, 2017
Boyata possibly having his best game in a Celtic shirt
— Scott (@scottjmac) September 27, 2017
Boyata making a huge difference for Celtic tonight.
— Brendan A (@Toomai2) September 27, 2017
Boyata has been superb tonight
— joe woods (@joemel22) September 27, 2017
Big Boyata been class
— Slim Beatsy (@BeatsySlim) September 27, 2017
Difference in Boyata tremendous.
— James Fleeting (@Fleeto81) September 27, 2017
Boyata top class in first half.
— jamie haugh (@JamieHaugh) September 27, 2017
boyata strolling it so far what a player hes turning out to be
— Gerard Sweeney (@GerrySweeney1) September 27, 2017
Boyata has been solid.
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) September 27, 2017
Boyata has been immense
— wchalmers (@wchalmers88) September 27, 2017
Boyata and Tierney have been unreal
— Mark (@thegeanny) September 27, 2017
How impressed have you been by Boyata under Brendan Rodgers? And how crucial is he to the Celtic team now?